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Joe Cortese is an actor, writer and producer. Based in Los Angeles, he is a Jersey boy at heart.

Some of his theatre credits include Lenny in "Of Mice and Men", Pozzo in "Waiting for Godot", and Patsy in "Three Men on a Horse", to mention a few. Some of his New York and regional credits include "Waiting for Lefty" and "Momma's little Angels" both at ETC. Joe also starred in the original play "Golden Girl" portraying Clifford Odets, at Theatre for New City.

His early stage work eventually led to his first leading film role in the highly acclaimed cult classic, "The Death Collector" with Joe Pesci which eventually lead him to Hollywood where over the last 30 years he has established himself as an actor/writer. In 2005, Joe starred in Paramount's "Against the Ropes" with Meg Ryan, Tony Shalhoub and Charles Dutton, as well as the independent festival film "You Got Nothin'", for director Phillip Angelotti. Some of his films include starring roles in "Windows" with Talia Shire for UA, "Monsignor" which he starred in with Christopher Reeve for director Frank Perry and 20TH Century Fox, and "American History X" with Edward Norton for Warner Bros. Some other film credits are: Abel Ferrara's "Go Go Tales" with Willem De Foe and Bob Hoskins, which had its World Premiere at The Cannes Film Festival' and later that year it had its American Premiere at the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center.

He just finished starring in the Independent film, "Doobious Sources" as Magnus Martindale, for writer/director Clif Lord. He also recently shot, "The Bronx Bull", with William Forsythe portraying the legendary fighter Jake LaMotta for director Martin Guigui, as Vito Latzzio, a character described as the Italian Johnny Carson.

Joe won the Best Actor award in 2006 at The New York Hip Hop film festival for his starring role in the comedy, "Shut Up and Shoot". Joe has received major accolades for his numerous top rated television projects including "The C.A.T. Squad", a trilogy of two-hour movies for NBC and producer/director William Friedkin. The highly rated mini-series "Something's Out There" for NBC, "Exclusive" with Suzanne Somers (ABC), "Assault and Matrimony" (NBC), "Just Life" (ABC), "Letting' GO" (ABC), "Born to Run" (FOX), Sidney Sheldon's mini-series "If Tomorrow Comes" (CBS) and Jackie Collins' "Lady Boss" (NBC).